"The Devil's Doctrine"
by Pastor Steve Haynes
- The DEVIL -
The great opposer, adversary and enemy of God and man.
The main opponent of God.
Before the creation of man, Satan an angel of God was God's right hand man. Satan being an exalted angelic being, one of God's creatures, became proud and ambitious. He determined to take over God's throne for himself. But God removed him from his position of great dignity and honor by casting him from heaven to earth (Isaiah 14:12-14). In Satan's removal from God's favor, he persuaded one third of God's angels to join him in his rebellion (Rev. 12:7-9). Throughout the Old Testament period he sought to destroy the messianic line. When the Messiah became a man, Satan tried to eliminate Him (Rev. 12:4-5).
Because Satan was unable to win the battle he then directed his animosity toward people, especially God's people.
As a result of Satan's original status and authority, he has great power and dignity. So great is his strength that Michael the archangel viewed him as a foe too powerful to oppose (Jude 1:9). Satan's influence in worldly affairs is also clearly revealed. His various names or titles reflect his control of the world system: "the ruler of this world" (John 12:31), "the god of this age" (2 Cor. 4:4), and "the prince of the air" (Eph. 2:2). 1 John 5:19 says, "The whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one". Satan also has high intelligence. Through it he deceived Adam and Eve and took over their rule of the world for himself (Gen. 1:26; Gen 3:1-7; and 2 Cor. 11:3). His cleverness enables him to carry out his deceptive work almost at will. Satan's attributes, as impressive as they are, are not limitless. Through his role in introducing sin into the human family (Gen. 3), he has gained the power of death -a power which Christ has broken through His crucifixion and resurrection (Heb. 2:14-15).
Of the various methods used by Satan in carrying out his evil work, none is more characteristic than TEMPTATION (Matt. 4:3; 1 Thess. 3:5). Satan leads people into sin by various means. Sometimes he does it through direction suggestions, as in the case of Judas Iscariot (John 13:2, 27); sometimes through agents who disguise themselves as messengers of God (2 Thess 2:9; 1 John 4:1); and sometimes through a persons weaknesses (1 Cor. 7:5). He tempted Christ directly, trying to lead Him (Jesus) into compromise by promising Jesus wordly authority and power (Luke 4:5-8). Along with his work of tempting mankind, Satan also delights in deception (1 Tim 3:6-7; 2 Tim 2:26). His lying nature stands in bold contrast to the truth for which Christ stands (John 8:31-47). The great falsehood which he uses so frequently is that good can be attained by doing wrong. This lie is apparent in practically all his temptations (Gen 3:3-5). As a great deceiver, Satan is an expert at falsifying truth (2 Cor 11:13-15).
Satan's methods are designed ultimately
to silence the gospel (the Truth)
-- He seeks to stop the spread of God's Word (Matt 13:19; -- Satan tries to blind people's understanding so that they cannot grasp the meaning of the message (2 Cor 4:3-4; 2 Thess 2:9-10).
-- He brings disorder into the physical world by afflicting human beings
-- Satan (the enemy) comes to destroy the lives of people to a point of destruction, to steal our possessions (family, hope, lives, minds, etc) (John 10:10).
Here's what I would like for you to see in all of this:
- Titles of Satan:
god of this world - murderer - prince of demons - prince of the power of the air - Prince of this world - the father of doubt - and the ruler of darkness.
- Origin of:
Greatest of fallen spirits, tempts man to sin, and the original sinner.
- His character:
Subtle, Slanderous, Fierce, Deceitful, Powerful, Proud, Coward, and
- Power of, over the unsaved:
--They are his children,
--They do his will, He possesses, He blinds, He deceives, He ensnares,
and He troubles.
- Power of, and over God's people:
He Tempts, He afflicts, He opposes, He sifts, He beguiles,He deceives.
Now lets go back to the 2 questions
at the beginning of ths topic.
Question 1: What should I be saved from?
Satan's grip on this world and on the life of the human being. This enemy of God only comes to deceive you from the truth of God and the salvation to you that comes from faith in Christ Jesus, the Son of God. Satan will use whatever tactic he can to draw you into his deceitfulness and ultimately destroy your life.
The basis of Satan's final defeat was by the death of Christ on the cross (Heb 2:14-15; 1 Peter 3:18-22). The final victory will come when Jesus returns and Satan is cast into the Lake of Fire (Rev 20).
Question 2: Why should I be saved?
The most important reason I think is that it will give you power over Satan. Strength for a Christians victory over sin has also been provided through the death of Christ. We have the assurance that "the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet" (Rom 16:20). To help Christians win this battle against Satan, God has provided the power of Christ's blood (Rev 12:11), the continuing prayer of Christ in heaven for believers (Heb 7:25), the leading of the Holy Spirit (Gal 5:16), and various weapons for spiritual warfare (Eph 6:13-18). Our power to fight Satan comes from God's Word. Here are a few scripture to help you in your fight against the evil one:
Some people have trouble admitting the existence of such an enemy as Satan. But his presence and activity are necessary to explain the problems of evil and suffering throughout the world. The Bible makes it plain that Satan exists and that his main work is to oppose the rule of God in the affairs of man. Many wonder why God would allow Satan, this great embodiment of evil, to exist in His creation. No completely satisfying answer to this question has been found. Perhaps He allows it to show that evil and wrongdoing do not provide the key to the ultimate meaning of life which man so desperately desires.
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you salvation ("saved") from an eternal life of damnation:
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